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Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Campus’ Children Celebrate With Fuzzy Friends, Family Fun

Newest arrivals aid children's understanding of life's wondrous cycle.

Newest arrivals aid children’s understanding of life’s wondrous cycle.

Children and their families board the Hiawatha for a journey upriver and back.

Children and their families board the Hiawatha for a journey upriver and back.

It has been a week of celebrations at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center. The young preschool class at Penn College has been studying animals and, as part of the study, incubated chicken eggs. The incubator and eggs were provided by the Lycoming County Cooperative Extension Office. On Wednesday, children arrived to find five newly hatched chicks. By Friday, there were 12 chicks that were taken to a local farm. Children and families, who watched with delight as the chicks hatched, observed the changes in the first days of life. On Thursday, the families enjoyed a cruise on the Hiawatha paddlewheeler. “This was a wonderful celebration of the friendships forged this year and the children’s growth and learning,” said Barbara J. Albert, director of the child care center. “Despite the chilly weather, families welcomed the opportunity to experience the outdoors with their children.”
Photos by Neva E. Simcox, group leader, Children’s Learning Center, and Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing

Theatrical Venue Bolsters College Employees’ Job Performance

Senior Vice President William J. Martin points out the grandeur of the Community Arts Center for a stageful of Penn College's Classified personnel.

Senior Vice President William J. Martin points out the grandeur of the Community Arts Center for a stageful of Penn College’s Classified personnel.

Classified staff from Penn College were bused to and from the Community Arts Center on Wednesday for a daylong professional-development program. The daylong agenda included a tour of the CAC with William J. Martin, senior vice president, and Rob Steele, executive director of the facility; a preview of upcoming shows and other events; and a question-and-answer session. Martin also provided an orientation to the college’s history, organization, operation and culture; and a primer on assertiveness techniques was offered by Kathy W. Zakarian, assistant director of counseling, and counselor Jacklyn R. Leitzel.
Photo by Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary

‘Showcase’ Touts Technology’s Successful Use in Service of Students

Nursing's Terri A. Stone, Christine B. Kavanagh and Sandra L. Richmond (from left) detail PLATO's helpful streamlining of student remediation.

Nursing’s Terri A. Stone, Christine B. Kavanagh and Sandra L. Richmond (from left) detail PLATO’s helpful streamlining of student remediation.

Susan Slamka and James R. Dougherty III outline the role of video in human service students' role-playing exercises.

Susan Slamka and James R. Dougherty III outline the role of video in human service students’ role-playing exercises.

Six members of Penn College’s faculty/staff who embrace technology to enhance their engagement with students recently shared their success stories with co-workers at an Instructional Technology Showcase. Held in Madigan Library, the afternoon event provided three informative presentations: Nursing instructors Terri A. Stone and Christine B. Kavanagh, joined by Sandra L. Richmond, director of nursing, discussed “PLATO Intelligent Agents Identify Students at Risk;” Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology, and James R. Dougherty III, assistant director, classroom technology and A/V services, offered “One Button Studio: One Click to Video Production Is a Success for Human Services Students;” and Kim E. Shipman, coordinator of instructional technology and technology training, explained “Using Doseri to Engage Students in the Classroom.”

Peggy Madigan Scholarship Awarded to Jersey Shore Student

Sapphire Naugle is awarded the 2015 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship by state Sen. Gene Yaw (left) and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. Naugle, a senior at Jersey Shore Area High School, will be a plastics and polymer engineering technology major at Penn College starting this fall.

A Jersey Shore Area High School student was presented with the 2015-16 Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Sapphire Naugle, of Jersey Shore, will enroll in the plastics and polymer engineering technology baccalaureate major at Penn College for Fall 2015.

The scholarship – named in memory of the late wife of former state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, who represented the 23rd District – may be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees, books, tools and other required supplies. Applicants are required to write an essay describing the community service they have performed and the value that service has added to the community.

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Impressive Projects Funded at Youth Leadership Graduation

The 2015 graduating class of Penn College’s Youth Leadership Program assembles on the stairs of the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a ceremony May 7 for graduates of its annual Youth Leadership Program, announcing winners of the program’s Social Change Competition.

Thirty-three juniors from 11 secondary schools participated throughout the year in the program, which is designed to educate and motivate them to understand community needs and take an active leadership role in addressing them.

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‘Penn College Awards’ Honor Dazzling Dozen From Class of ’15

Twelve leading members of the Class of 2015 were honored at Thursday’s Penn College Awards banquet at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, an annual celebration of the outstanding students who help shape their world through service to community, campus and peers.

“Penn College is a great place because of students like you. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for your service to the college and the community,” said Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration. “And thank you for enriching the lives of your fellow students.”

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Registration Deadline June 5 for Summer Camps at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology offers fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps that reflect the unique academic majors offered across campus.

The registration deadline is June 5 for the camps, five of which are overnight and two that are day camps.

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Welding Students Bring ‘Student Bodies’ to Life in YouTube Video

Following the lead of metal sculptor and welding instructor Michael K. Patterson, welding majors at Penn College employed their skills to create “Student Bodies,” abstract human forms that line the main campus mall. The project, one of three outdoor art installations dedicated during the college’s 2014 Centennial celebration, is chronicled in a new YouTube video. “The school obviously gives us a lot. A lot of skills. A lot of stuff we can take out into the world,” says Peter K. Ptacek,  a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Lewisburg. “It’s just really nice to be able to leave something behind.”

Red Cross Blood Drive Set for June 9 in Penn’s Inn

Bloodmobile to visit Sept. 3-4The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. June 9 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Join the Red Cross and College Health Services in their lifesaving mission by scheduling an appointment today! All donors will receive Papa John’s pizza and a beverage.

Institute Gives Faculty Head Start on Captivating Next Year’s Classes

Kelly B. Butzler (right), associate professor of chemistry, introduces the keynote speaker to her Summer Teaching Institute audience.

Kelly B. Butzler (right), associate professor of chemistry, introduces the keynote speaker to her Summer Teaching Institute audience.

Pleasantly surprised to be labeled as the keynoter, Sperling engages her audience about "Fostering Students' Self-Regulated Learning: Strategies for Instruction."

Pleasantly surprised to be labeled as the keynoter, Sperling engages her audience about “Fostering Students’ Self-Regulated Learning: Strategies for Instruction.”

Framed by a backdrop of Earth Science Center greenery, Walter J. Shultz Jr., director of the Office of Instructional Technology, leads a breakout session on "Online Tools to Encourage Student Engagement."

Framed by a backdrop of Earth Science Center greenery, Walter J. Shultz Jr., director of the Office of Instructional Technology, leads a breakout session on “Online Tools to Encourage Student Engagement.”

About 60 people are attending the two-day Summer Teaching Institute, which opened Tuesday at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. Held at the close of each academic year, the event – which includes about a dozen breakout sessions and a panel discussion – helps faculty hone their classroom/laboratory skills as they look ahead to the resumption of classes in the fall. Among the topics at this year’s institute were academic advising, online teaching tools and varied strategies for student interaction.

‘Career Day’ Helps Middle-School Students Focus on Future
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A student from Milton Area Middle School checks out an astable multivibrator circuit – aka blinking lights.

Faculty and several staff members across campus joined Penn College’s Outreach for K-12 staff in providing a day of career learning for just over 1,000 middle-schoolers from five area school districts. The event is designed to give participants a taste of a variety of career options, which in turn will help them to make informed decisions about their futures.

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Summer Hours in Effect Through Aug. 7

An ESC nature walk

An ESC nature walk

Taking advantage of decreased traffic with the onset of summer hours, a family of Canada geese safely strolls across the parking lot near the Schneebeli Earth Science Center entrance on Monday. Through Aug. 7, college offices will be open to the public from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday (with limited staffing from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday for the Admissions, Bursar and Financial Aid offices).
Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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